Tiperez beautifully answered alot of the questions Pontifexmaxim
brought up, and I would like to try to help also by pointing to two
of the techniques found on Meditation Station. As far as the 3rd Eye
question, I think that this part of the 3rd Eye Meditation Technique,
found at http://www.meditationsociety.com/week38.html
may help with the answers you seek:
"In the beginning of 3rd eye practice, it may help to place your
thumb at the outer edge of one eye and your middle finger on the
outer edge of the other, while placing your index finger at the
mid-point between your eyebrows. This gives you a point of focus to
place your attention. It also allows you to prevent your eyelids from
fluttering. This commonly occurs, and can be distracting until you
get used to the sensations that accompany this technique."
As far as preparing to meditate, the part quoted below from the Coat
of Many Colors technique, found at:
may help give some ideas as ways that may help to prepare before
actually beginning to meditate:
"Prepare yourself for meditation in the way that you have found is
best. Or, if you wish, there are basic techniques used to initiate
the meditative state that you may try. For instance, you might sit as
comfortably as possible and relax your muscles progressively from
your toes to the top of your head. Witness your breath flowing in,
saturating your entire being, and flowing out. Direct your mind,
body,and emotions to not bother you now, in these moments of sacred
inner insight. Repeat the observation of your breathing cycle over
and over until you become as fluid as the air. This, and many other
techniques, will allow you to experience the Alpha and Theta brain
wave cycle rhythms that clinically characterize meditation and let
you enter the realms of wonder, awe, and wisdom that they bring."
I hope this helps. I also want to add that it's great to bring up
these kind of questions. Every meditator goes through similar
situations, and you can't ever get too much information that may help
you (as Saint Jim Morrison put it) "go on through to the other side".
So, instead of feeling guilty about asking too many questions, pat
yourself on your spiritual back and know that by your brave honesty
and sincere desire to learn, you are also helping many others.
--- In meditationsocietyofamerica@y..., "pontifexxxmaximus"
To what extent does meditation affect metabolism? I read somewhere
that it slows it down, so one should meditate before meals in the
morning and evening/afternoon. Does a shorter meditation affect
metabolism less? Is a shorter meditation less effective, ie 3 reps
of the 3rd eye meditation? I've been having some problems
concentrating on the point in the middle of my eyebrows, mainly
because I'm terribly tired and because contacts make the eye
fluttering even more chronic. Are there any methods directed to
improving concentration? Would it be good to have a pre-meditation
"ritual", or warm-up of some sort? Would calming music in the
background interfere with concentration? I'm have to admit, I feel
quite bad for asking so many questions.